Environment Restoration Plan

ERP2007CoverpageIn July 2007 Liverpool City Council received approval for a permanent environment levy called the "Environment Restoration Plan". This new levy aims to continue programs implemented by the previous environment levy (the Environment Plan) as well as develop further environmental initiatives to be delivered in the Liverpool LGA.


What is the Environment Restoration Plan?

Click here to download a copy of the Environment Restoration Plan.

In July 2007 Liverpool Council received approval for a permanent environment levy called the "Environment Restoration Plan". This new levy aims to continue programs implemented by the previous environment levy as well as develop further environmental initiatives to be delivered in the Liverpool LGA.

The Environment Restoration Plan provides a framework for the delivery of key environmental projects for the long term benefit of Liverpool and its community. The Environment Restoration Plan is an outline of the environmental projects, programs, an on-ground works to help improve the natural environment of Liverpool by: 

  • Protecting and restoring Liverpool's local endangered ecological communities and other bushland (bush regeneration) 
  • Building community networks and partnerships. 
  • Delivering environmental education to the Liverpool community. 
  • supporting environmental projects across Liverpool. 
  • Installing fencing and access paths for environment protection. 
  • Improving the city image.
  • Under the Environment Restoration Plan, a minimum of eight (8) bush regeneration projects will be carried out each year. Environmental Restoration works are already in progress at many locations around Liverpool. The Environment Restoration Plan includes a committee which was established to work closely with council to address key environmental issues.

    If you require additional information on the Environment restoration Plan please call the Council's Environment Restoration Plan Coordinator on 9821-7728.


    Current Environment Restoration Plan sites

    Using the Council's site selection process, the following sites were chosen for bush regeneration works in 2016/2017:

    * Glen Regent Reserve, Tom Way, Casula
    * Peter Miller Park, Cedar Road, Casula 
    * River Walk, Boronia Drive, Voyager Point
    * Voyager Point Bushland, Sirius Road, Voyager Point
    * Mannix Park, Sadleir Ave, Heckenberg
    * Tepper Park, Stanwell Crescent, Ashcroft
    * Bill Anderson Park, Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek
    * Pye Hill Reserve, Leopold Place, Cecil Hills
    * Blamfield Oval, Stanwell Crescent, Ashcroft
    * Lehmanns Oval (Elouera Nature Reserve), McLean Street, Liverpool
    * Brickmakers Creek, Lawrence Hargrave Road, Warwick Farm
    * Dwyer Oval, Williamson Crescent, Warwick Farm
    * Lake Moore, Whelan Avenue, Chipping Norton
    * Lot 10 Heathcote Road, Holsworthy
    * Clinches Pond, Swain Street, Moorebank


    How is the Environment Restoration Plan funded?

    The Environment Restoration Plan is funded by an ad valorem charge per rateable property. This charge is a percentage of the individual value, which makes it fair as it relates to property values. The environment levy is approximately $20.00 per annum for a 650m² block of land.


    How are the project sites maintained?

    The Council has employed qualified bush regenerators to maintain all works completed under the Environment Restoration Plan. They maintain contracted bush regeneration works that have been completed, tree planting activities, and assist in supporting Environment Group site works.

    Council bush regenerators will also ensure that work sites are maintained until they are able to function once again as natural ecosystems. 


    What is the current state of Liverpool's Natural Environment and why do we need to protect it?

    Liverpool has a unique natural environment, with many kilometres of waterways, patches of pristine bushland and endangered ecological communities (EEC's). Liverpool however is currently one of the most rapidly growing cities in NSW, and therefore the natural environment is exposed to pressures from development and urban sprawl. Littering, rubbish dumping, weed invasion, erosion, and increased nutrients also threaten our native animals, bushland, and waterways. It is essential that Council and the community implement projects and programs to conserve and maintain Liverpool's environment.

    The natural environment provides many important resources and functions that are vital for the survival of all species on earth, including humans. Life on earth depends on the presence and interaction of millions of microbe, plant and animal species existing in nature for food, shelter, breathable air, plant pollination, purifying water and soil, breaking down wastes, and also provides opportunities for tourism and recreation.

    Bush Regeneration Works at Amalfi Memorial Park

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    Bush Regeneration Works at McMillan Park

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    Bush Regeneration Works at Bradshaw Park

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    Bush Regeneration Works at Meere Park

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    Bush Regeneration Works at Harvard Reserve

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    How you can help Liverpool's Environment

    The Environment Restoration Plan provides many opportunities for you to become involved in environmental activities around Liverpool. You can contribute by:

    • Suggesting a safe site for environmental restoration works.
    • Attending one of Council's monthly environmental workshops.
    • Participating in monthly tree planting activities.
    • Joining one of our many Environmental Groups.

    For more information about the Environment Restoration Plan or how you can get involved call Council's Environment Restoration Plan Coordinator on 9821-7728.

    Click here to join one of Councils Environment Groups.


    Environment committees

    Liverpool City Council has a committee that was established to address key environment issues in the area:


    Environment Advisory committee (EAC)

    The role of the Environment Advisory Committee (formerly the Environment Advisory Panel) is to consider environmental issues facing the Liverpool area. Each member is responsible for providing input on the development of environmental programs including implementation of Council's Environment Restoration Plan as well as working in partnership with Council to deliver various environmental initiatives and to promote community participation in Council's environmental programs.

    The objectives of the committee are to:

    • Consider key environmental issues facing Liverpool and make recommendations to Council
    • Provide input to Council with respect to the development of environmental programs for Liverpool
    • Work in partnership with Council in terms of various environmental initiatives
    • Provide input to the implementation of Council's Environment Restoration Plan including the development of performance indicators and monitoring of outcomes
    • Provide input to the development of future programs as part of the ongoing implementation of the Environment Restoration Plan
    • Provide advice, direction and support to environment groups within Liverpool City Council
    • Provide opportunities for meaningful community participation.

    The Environment Advisory Committee consists of 18 members including Council staff and representatives from various backgrounds including the following:

    • Community members
    • Councillors
    • Aboriginal Land Councils
    • Industry representatives
    • Local Land Services
    • Council Staff

    The current members of the committee are:

    NAME TITLE
    Peter Harle Councillor
    Geoff Shelton Councillor
    Raj Autar Director Infrastructure and Environment 
    Kevin Smith Manager Infrastructure Delivery
    Madhu Pudasaini Manager Technical Support
    Sonya Reyes Environment Restoration Plan Coordinator 
    Paul Sillato Environment Group Representative
    Jeff Webster Environment Group Representative
    Signe Westerberg Community Representative
    Stephen Dobell-Brown Community Representative
    Ian Bailey Community Representative
    Robert Storey Community Representative
    Jim Dimovski Community Representative
    Tony Wales Industry Representative
    Brad Maybury Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council
    Denise Ezzy Tharawal Aboriginal Land Council
    Peter Ridgeway Greater Sydney Local Land Services
    Environment Advisory Committee EAC Charter – Adopted by Council 17 June 2015

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    Georges River Combined Council Committee

    The Georges River Combined Councils Committee (GRCCC) is a committee made up primarily of representatives of nine councils along the Georges River. Councils generally have up to three elected representatives (Councillors) and one technical officer (staff). Currently, member councils take turns hosting the GRCCC administrative function for a period of two years at a time.

    The GRCCC provides a useful forum for the discussion of catchment issues, the facilitation of group projects and to provide a lobbying voice for local government.

    One of the key projects facilitated by the GRCCC is the Georges River Keeper Program. The Georges Riverkeeper is employed by the GRCCC and Waterways Authority and is supported by the Department of Environment and Conservation which provides office space in the Georges River National Park and storage for boats and equipment. By supporting the Riverkeeper Program, we join partner councils in making a commitment to a whole-of-catchment resource for the Georges River.

    The Riverkeeper works on projects along the length of the river including the clean-up program and the Chipping Norton Lakes Island Wildlife Habitat Enhancement project.

    Involvement in the GRCCC and with the Riverkeeper program assists Council in achieving the objectives and deliverables of the Environment Plan, including:

    • Cleaner waterways
    • Re-vegetation of waterways
    • Fencing waterways in rural areas where appropriate
    • Rehabilitation of urban and rural waterways
    • Improving city image
    • Building community networks.

    If you have any questions regarding the GRCCC or the Riverkeeper Program please call Council's Bushland and Weed Management Officer on 1300 36 2170. For more information visit http://georgesriver.org.au.